Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 29th December 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 29th December 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 29th December 2009
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At around 4pm yesterday a blustery cold change moved through the region with plenty of falling and blowing snow. Snowfalls continued through the night and this morning it's been falling pretty heavily. There's been a good 35cm+ since last report and with temperatures falling back well below freezing it's good quality powder. Probably not quite enough for bottomless off-piste turns yet though so beware the hard surface below the the soft topping.
It's still quite windy on the upper mountain and back below -10 degrees so make sure to rug up if you're heading high today. It's great to see a return to powdery conditions and snow can be expected to continue for much of today although it should ease later.
Tomrrow night snowfalls are expected to return and then looks like we're in for a pretty big storm with blizzards for the following couple of days to see us into the New Year.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 170cm
Bottom - 100cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 120cm

Top - 185cm
Bottom - 130cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.14

Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, 30cm of new snow in the past 12hours.
Coastal wind: 14m/s westerly with 3.4m waves.
Atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving making the wind calm down, but is predicted to keep blowing at about 18m/s W at 1200m around noon.
A westerly 10m/s wind is blowing at 1000m Mizuno no sawa this morning, making the cornices and snowdrifts develop slowly. Avalanche control will be operated from 7am.
High risks of a soft slab avalanche of 50cm or less (from 28th Dec layer) during the morning in Mikaeri no sawa area, Osawa cornice area and Yu no sawa leeward slopes.
The newly formed slabs are unstable and easily collapsible.
Always keep the possibilities of avalanches in your mind before dropping into 30°or steeper slopes.
Seek for ski patrol advice at the gates.
Gate 6 (Moiwa) will be closed during the morning due to high possibilities of avalanches in Mikaeri no Sawa area.

Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 29th December 2009
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Grand Hirafu - All lifts except the very top.\r\nNiseko Village - All lifts except Country Road\r\nAnnupuri - All lifts except Family

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